Hi! Flip to Proverbs 13 and let’s get started! Look at verse 3: “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.” Well, remember in verse 13 of chapter 12 we talked about how evildoers are trapped by their words. Here, it’s kinda saying the same thing. If you know your friend Tim is truthful, then you give him special privileges. But if you know your friend Ray isn’t, why would you trust him with something?
Verse 5 says this: “The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.” Well, let’s look into this. Doesn’t this go along perfectly with Proverbs 8 where I was talking about hating what God hates? The righteous hate wickedness! And what of the wicked? They’re a stench and bring shame upon themselves. Verse 6 is pretty close; go ahead and record your thoughts on it.
Verse 9: “The lamp of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.” Let’s look at an example real quick: You’re driving in your car downtown Houston, and you’re looking at everyone. You see everyone frowning and not looking happy. But then, you see one person who is smiling and being cheerful. What do you think? You wonder why they’re so happy, right? The point of this story is how when you see someone who is doing good, being righteous, you want to ask them: why? Why are you doing that for them? 1 Peter 3:15: “But in your hearts revere Christ as LORD. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” The Bible says that people ask: “Why do you have hope in this situation? It’s clearly hopeless!” The answer: You have Christ on your side.
Verse 11: “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” Most of the time you steal a dollar or two to get the few bills you “need” to buy something. That would be “dishonest”. It goes away rather quickly, doesn’t it? But if you save what you earn, you’ll appreciate it more.
Verse 13: “Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.” We have a saying in our house: Me Do It. I was trying to open a package of ham, but couldn’t. My sister asked if I needed help. My response? “Me do it.” If you accept someone’s correction, 3 things will happen: 1.) You don’t have to suffer the consequences of having done it your way, 2.) you get to take the shorter way, 3.) you learn from your mistake.
Read and record on 14. It’s fairly similar to verse 13.
Verse 16 is interesting. It reads: “All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.” There’s a small c beside the word with. It says: “Or prudent protect themselves through“. So the prudent protect themselves through knowledge. From what? From false teachings/doctrine, from the sinful ways of the world, the lists go on.
I REALLY want to touch on verse 20, so here we go: “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Bam! That verse hit the bulls-eye! “You are what you eat” is also “you are who you hang out with”. If you hang out with wise people, then people can tell by what you talk about, what choices you make, your actions, etc.
Verse 21: Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.” If you have to keep up with what lies you have told, what you have stolen from where, etc., it gets troubling and you soon get caught.
Verse 24 is VERY true; take a look at it: “Whoever spares the rode hates their children; but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline.” If you spare the rod [or spatula, or spoon, etc.] from your son/daughter, then I guarantee you they will NOT grow in wisdom, in stature, or in favor with God and or man (Luke 2:52). Also, take note the verse does not say “quick” or “hasty” to discipline. It says careful.